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PASH Students Named Champions of Three Events at NJ Speech & Debate League Tournament hosted by Ridge High School

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Eighteen students from Princeton Academy of the Sacred Heart attended the 21st annual Ridge Invitational Speech & Debate Tournament on Saturday, January 27, 2024. The competition featured 985 student entries representing 58 schools from across New Jersey as well as Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, and Pennsylvania. The middle school events were held at Mt. Prospect Elementary School in Basking Ridge, NJ and had nearly 100 student entries.

All of the PASH students had terrific performances across both speech and debate event categories including numerous finalists and semifinalists and three Hawks that were named the champions in three of the six middle school events.

Maximus W. ‘25 competed against high school students in the Novice Division of Lincoln-Douglas Debate. He prepared cases and in alternating rounds argued both sides of the topic: Resolved: The United States ought to substantially reduce its military presence in the West Asia-North Africa region. Max finished with 2 wins and 1 loss.

Daniel I. ‘24, Justin Z. ‘24, Felix, Y. ‘25, Gregory F. ‘26, and Alexander N. ‘26 competed in Congressional Debate arguing for or against A Bill to Abolish the Draft, A Bill to Implement a Carbon Tax, A Bill to Cool Solar Panels, and A Bill to Eliminate Zoning Policies for Fair Housing. Justin was recognized with Third Place while Daniel, Felix, and Alex were named Finalists.

In Declamation, Gonzalo K.-P. ‘25, Waliyy M. ‘25, Jayden L. ‘25, Ryan Z. ‘25, Jesse L. ‘26, and Declan S. ‘26 delivered orations on topics important to them. Jesse and Declan were recognized as Finalists while Jayden was named the Tournament Champion!

In Original Oratory, Vincent L. ‘27 delivered his original Informative Speech on the history and impact of the Rubik’s Cube. Vincent was named the Tournament Champion!

In the largest middle school event, Oral Interpretation of Literature, Jonathan I.-O. ‘25, Joseph L. ‘26, Theodore D. ‘27, Layne P. ‘27, and Sean P. ‘27 presented selections of prose or poetry with meaning to them. Joseph was name a Semifinalist while Teddy was named the Tournament Champion!

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